I took the time to read your editorial titled “Trump Should Be Removed from Office.” In short, it is twelve paragraphs of ignorance and abuse of your role as the Editor in chief. Sir, you should immediately step down as the Editor in chief of Christianity Today. You do not represent the overwhelming majority of Christians, and your words are not Christ-like.
The second paragraph is dishonest on its face. It is only after invoking a man who is no longer with us (Billy Graham) who I believe would object to your opinion on this matter. You say that you typically stay above the fray and welcome Christians from across the political spectrum.
The implication is that Christians should stay out of politics, which is a lie. Jesus Christ and his disciples who followed both in word and after his ascent to heaven in their deeds were by far the greatest and most powerful politicians the world has ever known.
Armed with the truth, these men went straight to the seat of power to deliver the good news. They did not fear death, nor did they fear the oppression of men. They went headlong to the seats of power around them and spoke the truth. They didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, a website, or the almighty dollar behind them. No, they had God and were blessed with his ever-presence to guide them.
The idea that Christians should stay out of politics is a lie that is as old as mankind.
God told us in Genesis 1:28
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
You will notice there is no command to rule over one another. It is relatively easy to rule over the fish in the sea and the birds of the sky and creatures, compared to ruling over men. Men need convincing, hence politics. Good luck training a fish to follow instructions. The point is, neither is easy, and we are commanded to rule over birds, animals, or fish, not MEN.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Again, politics is the subject of Paul’s assertion. It is not our option to avoid politics or as you said: “stay above the fray.” It is our duty to put ourselves, not only in the fray but right in the middle of it all. You have inappropriately parroted one of the oldest and most effective lies the Devil ever devised.
I will use your words to point out your next lie. In your fifth paragraph, you say…
But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.
Sir, you are mistaken, or malicious, I’m not sure which. There are indeed unambiguous facts, but you have not quoted any facts. The President of the United States did not attempt to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of his political opponents. He used his political power to encourage a foreign government to investigate the obvious wrongdoing of a former Vice President of the United States.
Or have you not heard about the $50,000 a month Hunter Biden was paid while on the board of Burisma? Have you not seen the fact that Vice President Joe Biden was the point man on Ukraine relations? Have you not seen the video of Joe Biden bragging about getting a Ukrainian Prosecutor fired?
It is not a fact, it is your OPINION Sir! Your opinion.
You say that Christians support Trump despite his “blackened moral record.” Last time I checked he wasn’t doing anything but his job. Doing it in a way that makes established people like yourself uncomfortable. Doing it the same way the disciples of Jesus Christ did theirs.
Of course, I have no evidence that he has been assigned by God to do God’s work. Although some have argued he has. You on the other hand, in the lofty delusion of your purpose, seem to think you have. Need I remind you of your words.
That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.
You just invoked God for your own political purposes, and this Sir is dangerously close to the warning issued by Jesus Christ himself in Matthew 12:31
And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Who are you to judge President Trump? You say “we have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now.” By the same measure, you judge him you too will be judged. So let’s call a spade a spade Sir.
You never liked Trump, you never wanted him elected in the first place. You’ve been waiting for an opportunity to pounce. Now you see your chance. You have overlooked one serious issue. The President was allegedly impeached in what was clearly an unfair process where the schedules were manipulated. Certain members of Congress excluded. Evidence was withheld from the public. Republicans were given no opportunity to call witnesses.
Democrats used a bare majority to achieve one thing. Slap a label on President Trump.
If you are indeed a follower of Christ, I hope you take time to consider my words, because there are no wiser words regarding debate than those found in Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
The House of Representatives has passed a Resolution which includes Articles of Impeachment. That Resolution has yet to be forwarded to the United States Senate. Congressional scholars will surely debate whether or not President Trump has actually been Impeached for centuries to come.
There is far too little evidence to suggest he should be removed. That Sir is for the United States Senate to decide. Not you, your editorial board, or I. While many of our fellow followers of Christ may find your words useful, I find them almost premeditated, and absolutely absurd. I’ll pray for you, as I already pray for other rulers, authorities, and powers in this God-forsaken world.
You have a powerful platform and sadly some unsuspecting followers. Your abuse of that power is astonishing to me.
Finally, I am sad to see you attempt to mislead so many people. At this point in time, if the President were removed, there would likely be no Republican on the ballot. None of the current contenders for the Democratic nomination will protect life or our religious freedom. In fact, every one of them supports the destruction of life before birth. None of them support Israel. None of them will stand behind Christians in America and around the world the way President Donald J. Trump has since he took office.
I hope to see you someday, at the seat of the throne that is flowing with the water of everlasting life. It is up to God who will be there, not you and not I.
I voted for a flawed man who is the right man for the job at the right time in history. I stand by that decision because I’ve seen no evidence so compelling that I must regret my decision. We are all flawed, are we not?
I wrote this post early the morning on December 20, 2019. Following the backlash from the church Global, I felt it important to include some of the comments made by those who have responded. Everything below this was added after 2:30 pm (Central Time) on December 20, 2019.
Franklin Graham is the son of the late Billy Graham.
My Response to Christianity Today:Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be…
President quickly responded to the editorial. It was his first Tweet of the day, following only one re-Tweet. He again mentioned the magazine in another later in the day.
A far left magazine, or very “progressive,” as some would call it, which has been doing poorly and hasn’t been involved with the Billy Graham family for many years, Christianity Today, knows nothing about reading a perfect transcript of a routine phone call and would rather…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
I guess the magazine, “Christianity Today,” is looking for Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or those of the socialist/communist bent, to guard their religion. How about Sleepy Joe? The fact is, no President has ever done what I have done for Evangelicals, or religion itself!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
Finally, allow me to share my thoughts from 2015, I wrote this on my Facebook Profile which I generally keep private, not my Facebook Page. I wrote it very early in President Trump’s campaign when even the Christian community was still debating his run for President. You’ll find that my thoughts are nearly the same today as they were back then. There have long been people who call themselves Christians who have questionable motivations.
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May God Bless the United States of America, and may God Bless President Donald J. Trump.